Apple Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

This apple baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning.

I’ve been on a warm breakfast kick and my favorite as of late has been baked oatmeal. After making this maple pecan baked oatmeal Isaac requested a version without nuts so I started brainstorming. He loves raisins so I took that idea and ran with it.

Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

The result was a baked oatmeal with apple chunks and plump raisins nestled throughout. Doesn’t it look pretty with all the apple bites and chia seeds on top?

Steel Cut Oats for Baked Oatmeal

The combo of oats, apples, raisins, a little maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon makes for a naturally sweet and delicious healthy oatmeal bake. This version is particularly nutritious, because I used steel cut oats. They’re the least processed of all oats and have an awesome chewy texture. They do take a bit longer to cook so this recipe does take about 20 minutes longer to bake than my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal with rolled oats.

Overhead shot of apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a white baking dish with a gold spoon scooping out a portion.

Ingredients Needed for This Baked Oatmeal

Some baked oatmeal recipes call for butter, milk and eggs, but we’re keeping this recipe vegan and dairy-free by using chia seeds, coconut oil and almond milk.

  • steel-cut oats – this recipe is meant to be made with steel cut oats. If you want to use rolled oats, try my apple cinnamon baked oatmeal
  • maple syrup
  • chia seeds 
  • coconut oil
  • cinnamon
  • vanilla
  • sea salt
  • almond milk
  • apple
  • raisins

Ingredients for apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in a clear glass mixing bowl.

If you love being able to meal prep breakfast for the week, baked oatmeal is going to be your new BFF! You can make a batch over the weekend and you’ll be set with an easy breakfast for the week (or at least most of it).

Apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal in white baking dish with a gold spoon.

How to Reheat Baked Oatmeal

Reheating the baked oatmeal is a breeze, either using the microwave, toaster oven or stove-top. Although I have to tell ya, I’ve found that the oats are really good eaten cold as well. I’ve been known to eat them straight from the fridge, but sometimes I’ll add an extra splash of almond milk and eat them like overnight oats or muesli. Yum!

If you’re a baked apple lover you will adore this baked oatmeal. Trust me on this one. The apples get extra sweet, soft and are coated with cinnamon. It reminds me of apple pie, which is perfection because apple pie is my fave.

Isaac absolutely loved this version and thought the sweetness was perfect. If you’re trying to cut back on sugar or just prefer things mildly sweetened, you can easily reduce the maple syrup and raisins a bit. It won’t affect the end result, the oats will just be a little less sweet. Enjoy!

Overhead shot of baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

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Baked apple steel cut oatmeal in a pink bowl with peanut butter drizzled on top.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This apple cinnamon baked steel cut oatmeal recipe is a lovely make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. Studded with sweet apple chunks, raisins and cinnamon, these oats will satisfy your taste-buds and keep you feeling full all morning. 


Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds + 3 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup raisins*

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine chia seeds with water to make a chia egg and let sit for a few minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine oats, maple syrup, chia egg, coconut oil, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt. Stir well to combine. Add in almond milk, apple chunks and raisins. Stir everything together once more.
  4. Place oatmeal mixture into a greased baking dish (an 8×8 square baking dish or something similar). Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until oatmeal is golden brown and the center is cooked through. Remove from the oven, let cool and enjoy. Place any leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge. Reheat later and enjoy.

Notes

  • To make this recipe with old fashioned rolled oats, use 2 cups of rolled oats instead of 1 cup of steel cut oats and reduce the baking time to 35 – 40 minutes.
  • For a lower sugar version, reduce the amount of maple syrup and raisins or omit them completely.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 387
  • Sugar: 24g
  • Sodium: 241mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 4g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Fiber: 7g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: baked steel cut oatmeal, apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

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    114 comments
    1. Alicia
      March 10, 2021 AT 1:47 pm

      Really looking forward to making! Do you think I could portion this into muffin tins and bake with the same time and temp?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 11, 2021 AT 1:42 am

        I bet that would be fine! The cook time will probably be less though. Maybe 30-45 minutes? Let me know if you try it and how it turns out!

    2. Carolyn
      March 1, 2021 AT 6:50 am

      Yum! I love my steel cut oats but this is outstanding!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 1, 2021 AT 8:56 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Carolyn!!

    3. Ana Poveda
      February 28, 2021 AT 11:05 am

      So happy to find a recipe for steel cut oats! We subbed the raisins for walnuts, and added a half scoop of vanilla vegan protein powder. We also forgot to peel the apple but it was still so good!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:30 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Ana! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Deanna Leitel
      February 27, 2021 AT 6:05 pm

      This has been a breakfast staple since I made it a few months ago. I love the texture from the steel cut oats. I’m not a big fan of raisins so I added dried cranberries instead. I prep it on Sunday and have 3 more warm breakfasts for the week. Perfection!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 28, 2021 AT 11:38 pm

        So glad you love this recipe, Deanna! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Taylor Spector
      February 27, 2021 AT 11:34 am

      Love the version with steel cut oats! I added both egg & chia seeds. Added 2 Tb hemp seeds and 1/4 cup walnuts and only did 1/2 maple syrup and raisins.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 1:05 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Taylor! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    6. Ivana
      February 19, 2021 AT 7:02 pm

      Do you think any other dried fruit would work with this recipe? Never cooked dried figs..

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 20, 2021 AT 8:50 pm

        Totally! I think cranberries, dates, figs or cherries would be delicious!

    7. Joan Silvano
      February 16, 2021 AT 8:49 am

      Can this be frozen?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 16, 2021 AT 9:24 pm

        Yes! I would probably cut it and freeze individual portions so it’s easier to reheat. 🙂

    8. Caren
      January 13, 2021 AT 4:41 pm

      Yum! I wanted to use up a container of steel cut oats and this was the perfect recipe. I made it this morning (and will be surprised if it lasts through the week!), leaving out the raisins and using half the oil. Flavorful and a great consistency! Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 14, 2021 AT 10:38 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Caren!!

    9. Tiffany
      January 4, 2021 AT 4:24 pm

      Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve made it countless times. I’m too lazy to soak anything, so it’s also the only way I eat steel cut oats 🙂 Over time I started making a few modifications: I use half the syrup, skip the raisins (I love em but this was sweet enough for me without), I omit the oil and use 2 eggs (but I keep the chia seeds). If I were making it for others, I’d make it as written because the original recipe turns out delicious and beautiful as-is. (My modified version is …not as pretty.)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 5, 2021 AT 9:47 pm

        You’re so welcome, Tiffany!! I’m glad you’ve been loving this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    10. Marie Gustafsson
      December 12, 2020 AT 8:37 am

      Hi,
      I can´t find gluten free steel cut oats, but still want to use this recipe. How much old-fashioned oatsdo you think I should use? In the other baked oatmeal recipe you have 2 cups…
      BR /Marie

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 10:38 pm

        Hey Marie – If you want to use rolled oats, I would make this baked oatmeal recipe instead.

    11. Gracie
      October 17, 2020 AT 5:38 pm

      This is some of the best baked oatmeal I’ve ever had! I thought I would need to cut some of the liquid but it turned out perfect with the 2 cups. If it looks like a lot, don’t change it! I also replaced the oil with 2 T of applesauce. So fluffy and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 19, 2020 AT 12:54 pm

        Woo!! That makes me so happy to hear, Gracie. I’m glad this baked oatmeal was a hit!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating and for sharing the sub you made. I really appreciate it!

    12. Laurie
      October 15, 2020 AT 8:12 am

      Finally, a baked oatmeal recipe with steel cut oats. I don’t like raisin; would dried cranberries work instead, taste-wise? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 15, 2020 AT 8:47 am

        Totally, dried cranberries will work great!

    13. Melina
      October 9, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

      Hi ! Do you think I can add protein powder or collagen to this?!! Can’t wait to try it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 10, 2020 AT 7:27 pm

        Hey Melina – That should be just fine! You might just need to add a touch more liquid depending on how much you add. Let me know hot this turns out for you if you end up trying it!

    14. Rose
      October 8, 2020 AT 3:28 pm

      Oops, forgot to rate it.

    15. Rose
      October 8, 2020 AT 3:27 pm

      Hi Brittany, I used your recipe as a springboard for pumpkin steel cut baked oatmeal. Used a cup of pumpkin, many dashes of pumpkin pie spice mix, hemp seeds, walnuts and slivered almonds and some honey. Sooo glad I made a double batch because I just pulled it out of the oven and it’s delicious!! Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 9, 2020 AT 1:29 am

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Rose. Thanks so much for sharing how you made this as a pumpkin version. So glad it was a hit!!

    16. Cassie
      October 7, 2020 AT 2:49 am

      Made this last night – I had a conference call and needed to prep something for breakfast. So easy! Just put it in the oven and had my call without ever needing to stir anything. Thank you 😀 (I added half shredded carrot half shredded apple and lots of cinnamon!)

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 7, 2020 AT 9:53 pm

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed this baked oatmeal recipe, Cassie. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    17. Patti
      October 4, 2020 AT 10:22 am

      Made this for breakfast today – OMG, delicious! I reduced the coconut oil and the maple syrup by half and it is amazing. I just happened to have like I squeeze or ready whip left in the fridge 😉 I don’t think I want to share it with my family 🤣 Making your apple grips next…thanks for the inspiration!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2020 AT 7:46 pm

        Yay!! So glad this baked oatmeal was a hit, Patti. Thanks so much for making my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    18. Amy Licht
      October 3, 2020 AT 11:49 am

      This is delicious! I like this better than any stovetop steel-cut oat recipe I’ve tried! The oats remain chewy instead of just turning into a mushy consistency. Delicious with or without a little bit of peanut butter on top!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 4, 2020 AT 7:54 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Amy!! I’m so glad this oatmeal was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    19. Vicki
      September 15, 2020 AT 8:38 pm

      I meal prepped this on Sunday for the week and so glad I did as this is delicious!! I had read several reviews ahead of time so I did double the apples, using 1 organic Honey Crisp and 1 organic Granny Smith. I also added a TBS of flax seed meal some raw pumpkin seeds and some chopped walnuts to the mix before adding in my Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk and the apples so it all would be incorporated well. This has been amazing for breakfast this week. I did make my portions into 6 vs 4 of an 8×8 pan and I did also sub applesauce for the oil and used a bit less maple syrup and don’t miss a thing. Thanks Brittany!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 15, 2020 AT 10:03 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear, Vicki!! I’m so glad you loved this recipe. Thanks so much for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It means the world to me. <3

    20. Karen
      September 7, 2020 AT 1:44 pm

      I eliminated syrup and doubled the apples. It was delicious. I have the same question as Cindy posted as to what can be substituted asa non oil.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 5:35 pm

        Hey Karen – I think you could sub the oil for applesauce. So glad you loved this oatmeal recipe, thanks for making it!!

    21. J Wexler
      September 7, 2020 AT 10:03 am

      Can’t use seeds or coconut oil. Okay to sub 1 egg and canola oil?
      Looks delish!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 12:41 pm

        Yes, both of those subs should work! Let me know how it turns out!

    22. Cyndy
      September 7, 2020 AT 10:01 am

      I’m wondering if it would be okay to leave out oil of any kind. I’m a plant-based-no-oil girl getting tired of plain oatmeal with fruit. This sounds delicious. Maybe substitute applesauce?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 7, 2020 AT 12:41 pm

        Yes! I think using applesauce instead of the coconut oil would be perfect. Let me know if you try it!

    23. Leslie
      March 31, 2020 AT 11:31 am

      This oatmeal was a huge hit with my family of 6 (I doubled the recipe). I was expecting to have leftovers, but it all was eating so quickly. Thanks for this recipe, I am making it again for breakfast today! Think I’ll try out your blueberry oatmeal next.

      * I am adding an extra apple in todays version as I felt like it could use a bit more.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 31, 2020 AT 2:27 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Leslie! So glad this baked oatmeal was a hit with your family. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it. <3

    24. Kristen
      March 30, 2020 AT 12:07 am

      Wow! This is my first ever baked oatmeal and I feel like I’ve been missing out my whole life. The oatmeal was full of flavor and tastes more like dessert. The only modification I did was adding an extra apple. I can’t wait to try out other variations. Thanks for this amazing recipe!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 2:25 pm

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Kristen!! I’m so glad you decided to try my recipe and enjoyed it. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    25. Rachel Bitz
      March 28, 2020 AT 1:16 pm

      This oatmeal was DELISH! After reading some of the comments, I decided to make it the night before and set it in the fridge, then this morning I simply heated my oven and put it in. This caused it to really absorb all the flavours overnight and wow, it was amazing. In my fiancé’s words: ‘this is the best thing I’ve eaten this year’ – which is saying something because I do a LOT of cooking! Thank you so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try more of your oatmeal bakes. ❤️

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2020 AT 3:19 pm

        Ahh wow!! That makes me so happy to hear, Rachel. I’m glad it turned out well for you after letting it sit in the fridge overnight. Thanks for trying my recipe and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. The reviews are super helpful to other readers, so I really appreciate it. <3

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